Ten of Hong Kong’s most endangered species, from animals hunted for TCM to the gigantic Plantasaurus

December 4 is Wildlife Conservation Day, initiated to promote respect for, and protection of, endangered species. We take a look at Hong Kong’s rarest flora and fauna, and the reasons why they face extinction. Read at the South China Morning Post.


The Untold Lives of British Convicts Sold to America

Many know that Australia was once a colony of convicts hailing from Britain. But have you heard about America’s very own convict past?

One Australian scholar (and Ancestry member) set out to tell their story. Read at ancestry.com.

How banknotes and coins make canvases for designs: artistic licence to print pretty money

It may be the root of all evil, but money has an artistic side, too. From Fiji’s celebratory seven dollar note to Switzerland’s 50 franc note to Australia’s Possum Magic coin collection, we look at the most attractive legal tender. Read at the South China Morning Post.

The rise of DIY plastic surgery

As increasing numbers of Chinese go under the knife in their quest for the perfect face, we look at the non-surgical devices on the market, and ask whether they are worth the time, money and pain people spend on them. Read at the South China Morning Post.

AncestryDNA: How Does It Stack Up Against the Competition?

Genetic testing is generating increasing interest among people curious to learn more about their roots, to find out who they are. Read at ancestry.com.

7 Top World Leaders: What Do Their Surnames Mean?

Blair, Modi, Merkel, Trump, Thatcher. We hear a lot about the character traits and foibles of famous world leaders like these. Read at ancestry.com.

But rarely does anyone dig into their deeper identity — their heritage.

World’s top five whiz kids

Whether they have graduated from university at the age of 13, spoken at TEDxTeen, or been able to name world’s 196 countries before starting school, these five prodigies hope to use their talents to make the world a better place.

Read at the South China Morning Post.